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The Hanging Shed (Douglas Brodie) [Hardcover]

Gordon Ferris
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1 Mar 2011 Douglas Brodie (Book 1)
Glasgow 1946. The last time Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a proud young man in a paratrooper's uniform. Now, the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Shug Donovan from the gallows. Everyone thought Donovan was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returns from the war is unrecognisable: mutilated, horribly burned. Donovan keeps his own company, only venturing out for heroin to deaden the pain of his wounds. When a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect. Donovan claims he's innocent but a mountain of evidence says otherwise. Despite the hideousness of the crime, ex-policeman Brodie feels compelled to try and help his one time friend. Working with advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls the mean streets of the Gorbals and the green hills of western Scotland in their search for the truth. What they find is an unholy alliance of troublesome priests, corrupt coppers and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark and dirty secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, the murder tally of innocents starts to climb. When Sam Campbell disappears, it's the last straw for Brodie, and he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him -


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848877684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848877689
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Ferris [www.gordonferris.com] "Electrifies readers ...a rising star of Scottish literature" [Independent]. His latest book - GALLOWGLASS - is the fourth and final in the acclaimed Douglas Brodie quartet. GALLOWGLASS is published on 3 April 2014 in all formats.

Gordon's breakthrough novel - THE HANGING SHED - is a No 1 Amazon kindle bestseller and has sold over 200,000 copies. Both sequels - BITTER WATER and PILGRIM SOUL - again starring Brodie and his sidekick - advocate Samantha Campbell - also hit the No 1 kindle spot. TRUTH DARE KILL, the first in the Danny McRae series has also topped the charts, as has its sequel - THE UNQUIET HEART.

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An impressive example of what's now called `Scottish noir'... a hit on the Kindle charts before its release in hard cover, it's the start of a Brodie series, and if its successors are as good we might just have found a new Ian Rankin.
--Daily Mail

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Glasgow, 1946. The last time Douglas Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a dashing young warrior in a kilt. Now, the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Hugh Donovan from the gallows.

Everyone thought Hugh was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returns from the war is unrecognizable: mutilated, horribly burned. Hugh keeps his own company, only venturing out for heroin to deaden the pain of his wounds. When a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect.

Hugh claims he's innocent but a mountain of evidence says otherwise. Despite the hideousness of the crime, ex-policeman Brodie feels compelled to try and help his one time friend. Working with advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls the mean streets of the Gorbals and the green hills of western Scotland in their search for the truth. What they find is an unholy alliance of troublesome priests, corrupt coppers and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark and dirty secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, the murder tally of innocents starts to climb. When Sam Campbell disappears, it's the last straw for Brodie, and he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him...


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275 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good if not better than Ian Rankin 2 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book on my Kindle, and loved the fact that it was set in Scotland. Loved the way it was written, with the descriptions of Glasgow pubs, fish suppers and the harshness of living in the Gorbals. I really enjoyed the way that there were a couple of subplots and a few wrong turns. I found it difficult to put this book down, though towards the end I felt it was a bit of a mish-mash and I was a little bit disappointed with the ending - however if Brodie is going to become a regular character in Gordon Ferris books, then as I say as good as if not better than Ian Rankin! Another Brodie book soon please!

I'm just disappointed now that I can't get his other books for my Kindle, so please put the others onto Kindle so I can read them!
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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hanging Shed 26 Jan 2011
By Moonlit TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like many other reviewers I received a Kindle for Christmas and took advantage of Amazon's Twelve Days of Christmas offer where they made a number of books available for 1. The Hanging Shed is a bit of a mixed read. I loved the descriptions of post war Glasgow and although too young to remember Glasgow at that time, I felt that there was an authenticity to the descriptions although at times (not many) there was a tad too much detail which made the descriptions seemed a bit forced. But that's just a minor niggle. Much more significant is how the plot develops. It started off so well with the protagonist, Brodie (a great name for the character) getting a phone call from an old friend. This poor man has not only been horribly injured during the war but has been framed for the murder and rape of his ex girlfriend's son and is awaiting his sentence of being hanged to death. Brodie reluctantly agrees to try to help and so returns to Scotland. There he hooks up with his friend's lawyer, an older but attractive woman and tries to find out what really happens. For about two thirds, the book is really gripping but then it just loses it and becomes unrealistic in the way of so many thrillers with people getting out of implausibly difficult situations unscathed. It would have been so much better if it had concentrated on proving the innocence of the accused as it was in this part of the book that there was the least action but most tension.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill right to the end 30 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading it in just two sittings. I loved the strong believable characters, and the backdrop of the end of WWII. The author has a great sense of pacing and dramatically conveyed an engrossing and compelling narrative. Great stuff, and a great value read.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumping good read 30 Dec 2010
By Lou
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book I read on my Kindle and although I found it a little slow at first (although this may be to do with my first Kindle experience), it soon gripped me and I was completely engrossed in the story. Thoroughly enjoyable, difficult to predict the storyline and hard to put down! Recommended
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple perfection 4 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My first Kindle experience (albeit on an iPad) and the first time I've felt moved to put finger to keyboard and note my thoughts on the results.

A fast paced, constantly intriguing, page turner of a thriller which felt like it was going to be over half way through, only to pitch up with a second wind and keep me glued to the plot to the end. Wonderfully crafted and an accessible and enjoyable read. Dark undercurrents and reflections of post war Scotland make this romp remind me of an updated version of 'The 39 Steps", but it's that and some.

So why only 4 stars? Easy, I never rate anything with 5 stars (you have to have something to aim for) and the other two titles by Gordon Ferris aren't currently available for download, which is such a shame as I want to read them now!! This very instant! Simple Perfection
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatness awaits 19 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I received a Kindle at Christmas I thought will I use this ?. The answer has been a resounding yes. Searching through Kindle books I came across this book for 1, what do you get for 1?. Well what you get is one of the best reads for a long time. Gordon Ferris has a winner on his hands. I live in Livingston in Central Scotland and although I dont know Glasgow that well he managed to get me walking the streets with Brodie. I've not experienced that with a British writer since William McIlvanneys Laidlaw . I've now down loaded his other books, If I didn't have a kindle I may have overlooked an author destined for greatness.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mistake upon cliche upon nonsense 3 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I cannot agree with those reviewers who compare Gordon Ferris to Ian Rankin. Ian Rankin writes intelligent plots in fine prose and gets his facts correct. On the evidence of this book Gordon Ferris does none of these.

The plot of The Hanging Shed is far-fetched to the point of laughability, particularly the various shooting incidents which would be more at home in a cowboy western than a story set in 1940s U.K. The characters appear to have come from The Lazy Author's Big Book of Cliches and Stereotypes - razor gangs, paedophile priest, corrupt policemen, IRA thugs, prim spinster lawyer with (of course) a latent enthusiasm for sex and so on.

Apart from the daft story the book is absolutely riddled with factual errors, both historical and legal. Hugh Donovan could not have "died in his bomber in the flames of Dresden" in 1943 since Dresden didn't suffer any significant bombing until it was razed to the ground in February 1945. Perhaps the author really meant Hamburg but couldn't be bothered to check. Early in the book the author claims Clydebank was bombed in March 1940 and Brodie believed he might have heard the aircraft going over while serving with the pre-Dunkirk BEF in France. Wrong on both counts. Clydebank was bombed in March 1941, long after the BEF left France, and most of the aircraft involved in the raid came from Holland and North Germany and went nowhere near France. Bizarrely, the correct date for the Clydebank raid is given later in the book which says as much about the standard of editing as it does about the writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I rarely write book reviews but felt I wanted to share my opinion on this book - it made a nice change from some of the others in that it wasn't totally predictable, it was totally... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lizzie Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars fair story line
not a bad story,easy to follow & very easy to imagine the gritty area it is set in.the story itself does not over complicate itself.
Published 10 days ago by vek
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive read that kept me hooked to the end
It is 1946, Glasgow is preparing to hang convicted child killer Hugh Donavan within 4 weeks. The evidence says that Hugh is guilty but Hugh has asked childhood friend Douglas... Read more
Published 12 days ago by E Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
Gordon Ferris writes page turning thrillers with interesting characters. I have now read two of his Brodie books and while the development was different the endings were very... Read more
Published 13 days ago by jasa
4.0 out of 5 stars start of a new hero?
start to finish enjoyed it , have order further three in series and have read them all, they are all good
Published 13 days ago by Robert B Mclean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I bought this for my husband he enjoyed the book, first from this author. It is set in his native city and he felt he could identify with the areas described. Read more
Published 13 days ago by EK Gran
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
The atmosphere in the "Hanging Shed" gave a dark prespective to post war Glasgow and the plot really romped home. An excellent read and highly recommended.
Published 18 days ago by Bruce Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough start to a series
This is a perfectly decent book and introduces a decent enough character in a decent enough milieu. Lots of "decents" there because the book, for me, isn't brilliant, isn't... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Big Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Gritty Glasgow historical read. Takes you back in time to Glasgow of stories and ledgeons. Colourful characters put in strange situations. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lynda Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Surprisingly good read that pulls you along through a bygone Glasgow full of believable characters and a high body count!
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